Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t been an angel in his career with United, with lapses of concentration allowing him to react violently to a situation. He went in late and high on derby day towards the beginning of his career, he touched heads at Pompey and got himself sent off, amongst a few other occasions where he let the temper get the better of him.

This season has been worse than ever though, with Ronaldo kicking out at Celtic’s Scott Brown, Stoke’s Andy Wilkinson, Tottenham’s Michael Dawson and Blackburn’s David Dunn in off the ball incidents.

Then we see players like Pogatetz and Taylor assaulting him on the pitch, it makes more sense, but still is not acceptable.

Ronaldo has today confessed that he does have a hard time controlling his temper, particularly when the fans are being particularly vile. Stoke City fans came to Old Trafford and chanted “wanker” whenever he touched the ball, whilst Chelsea fans sung about how he should have died in his recent car accident.

“Sometimes it is difficult because of the atmosphere in the stadium and the importance of the game,” said Ronaldo. “I’m only 24 but I have a lot of experience of big games and that helps because you learn through situations. But If someone kicks me, I get up and I go again. I am not afraid of being kicked — it is part of the game. I see it as a challenge that they have to kick me to stop me.”